So I messed up.
Around this time last year I took stock of my body image (http://slenderdreams.tumblr.com/post/4518881979/body-image
), my weight, my size, and realized I was headed on a pretty unhealthy trajectory, and started making some changes. The effects were not instantaneous, they never are, but over time they were drastic.
Following something approximating Tim Ferris’ 4 Hour Body / Slow Carb Diet, <strong>I lost almost 40 lbs</strong> (18 Kgs, 2.8 Stone) over 4 or 5 months, a significant percentage of my original weight. I also lost numerous inches from various places around my body, and was wearing clothes 4 sizes smaller than I was used to. I was smaller, leaner, tighter and much, much happier. Everyone noticed, and I received the most amazing compliments, that certainly helped with the happier. That and I had access to an entire new wardrobe. Clothes I had not worn for years suddenly fit again. I was hot, and I loved it.
I was not afraid of the beach, or swimming, or in general wearing revealing clothes (win for the summer), I was healthy and could go running or hiking, skiing, climbing.
And then it all went wrong. I started putting on weight. I was in a stressful job, working for a start up I no longer believed in, that as far as I was concerned was failing in front of my eyes. The work environment was stressful, there was no consistency, and people were leaving the company on an almost weekly basis. It was demoralizing, and I did what I have always done, what I wish I knew how to control, I turned to food.
I ate my way almost all the way back through that 40 lbs in about the same time as it took me to loose it.
So once again I embark on a mission to loose that weight and this time to keep it off. I know more about how my body works that I did last year, though perhaps that is to my detriment. I certainly know what the pitfalls are, and how easy it is for me to loose track.
Fortunately I’m in a much better position work wise this year (I’m not too concerned that Google is going to go away, and the environment here is fantastic), and have access to plenty of healthy food here. I’m setting my total goals to be similar to last year. It’s 15 weeks to the beginning of August, and I know I can loose (on average) 1kg (2.2 lbs) per week, so my goal is to loose 33 lbs in that time frame, which should just about put me where I was.
I’ve contemplated opening my Withings account up to the public. Or at least writing some tool that auto tweets how much weight I’ve lost over some time period (weekly?). If I do that, I want you, my friends, to call me out when I mess up (that is, gain or remain static in weight). Would you do that for me?